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Document ID (ISN)100061
CIS number 02-1271
ISSN - Serial title 0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Stephan S.
Title Improving the safety culture of the Australian mining industry
Bibliographic information June 2001, Vol.17, No.3, p.237-249. Illus. 13 ref.
Abstract Managers, inspectors and employees frequently refer to the state of the safety culture at a particular mine, and a poor accident record is often said to be linked to a poor safety culture. This article attempts to define safety culture and illustrates the importance of considering national, industry and organizational cultural factors when implementing safety management systems. Using the commonly-understood management improvement process of total quality management, the importance of safety management plans and risk assessment processes to improve the safety performance of the mining industry is demonstrated. Significant improvement in industry safety performance can be achieved only through the adoption of socio-technical systems which consider both the engineering and human factors responsible for accidents.
Descriptors (primary) safety consciousness; mining industry; plant safety organization; Australia
Descriptors (secondary) human factors; psychology of accident prevention; role of management; safety planning; social aspects; hazard evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Safety culture and safety consciousness
Psychological factors
Mining and quarrying